Labour’s plan for education will drive our future economic success
When I speak to local parents, one of the most common concerns I hear is whether their child is getting the best education possible. To do this we have to ensure that our children are receiving the high-quality teaching they need and deserve.
That’s why I’m backing Labour’s plan for an education system that equips young people with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the future.
Labour’s vision for education in this country is very different from that of the Tories who will cut the education budget as part of their risky plans to take our public service back to the 1930s, when children left school at 14 and before the NHS existed.
Unlike the Tories, Labour will not only protect the education budget but actually increase it so it rises with inflation, ensuring that we invest in our young people who will drive our future economic success.
Parents are clear that they want smaller classes for their children and teachers are clear that smaller classes are better for learning. Yet this government’s education record is one of failure.
They scrapped Labour’s policy to cap infant class sizes at 30 pupils, resulting in the trebling of classes larger than this. In part this is because the Tories’ Free School programme has created 30,000 school spaces at a cost of £240 million in areas where they are not needed instead of focusing on areas with a shortage of places.
That’s why Labour will end the wasteful Tory policy of opening Free Schools in areas where there is no need for them. Instead we will use that money to fund more school places so we can cap class sizes for five, six and seven year-olds so they are no bigger than 30 pupils.
Labour will take tough action on the scandal of 1.6 million children educated in under-performing schools. It’s time to put an end to this chronic under-achievement and make sure that every child, regardless of where they live, is able to enjoy a high-quality education.
So Labour will issue a new Standards Challenge setting a tough target to raise performances with every school accountable to new Directors of Standards. We’ll also ensure all children in state schools are taught by qualified teachers so local parents will know that their children are getting a high-quality education.
People in our area and across the country will be presented with two very different visions for Britain at the election. The Tory vision focuses on helping a few at the top through tax cuts for the wealthiest, paid for by reducing public spending to levels not seen since the 1930s.
But a Labour government will invest in our education system so our children and young people can build the long-term economic success our country needs.